Alameda

For those who have had the pleasure of knowing him, this will forever ring true: The Rev. Roger Bauer is a man you won't forget. Yes, there’s the motorcycle; the long hair; and the Native American jewelry, earring and nose ring. Take even a fleeting amount of time to chat with Bauer and you might be drawn in by his wide grasp of useless historical facts, his boisterous laugh, or his ability to listen openly and hold a highly intelligent conversation. (This is certainly what I will remember after our two-hour lunch.)

But when Bauer walked in the door, my first impression upon observing him being greeted by the restaurant’s wait staff and several people dining around me was this: I thought he'd be taller. Because I heard such heartfelt and passionate descriptions of a kind, generous, intelligent, energetic, and giving man that I expected someone at least seven feet tall.

Image from the Smith+Smith website.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is holding a public ceremony to commemorate the transfer of hundreds of acres of Alameda Point set to serve as a future clinic and columbarium site.

The ceremony will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. November 3 at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Central Avenue. Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP by Tuesday to Amanda Mina by phone at (916) 843-9034 or via e-mail, at PUBLICAFFAIRS21@va.gov.

Photo by Richard Bangert.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here are your headlines for the week.

A few hours north of San Francisco, in the Mayacamas Mountains, sits the world’s largest geothermal field. Alameda Municipal Power took more than 60 customers and staffers on a tour of one of The Geysers’ power plants on October 10; here are our pictures.

Alameda’s Rent Review Advisory Committee reviews complaints about potentially excessive rent increases and tries to mediate disputes between landlords and renters over a touchy subject that both may have a tough time discussing unaided: Money.

The committee, which meets monthly as complaints arise, is Alameda’s primary tool for addressing rent disputes. Chairperson Karen Miller says its approach has produced solutions for renters grappling with steep increases and poor property conditions.

If you're an absentee (AKA vote-by-mail) voter, Monday marked the first day you could turn in your ballot for this fall's election. If you need to know more about any of the candidates or local issues before you, we've got it all on our Election 2014 page.

Two attorneys with a history of engagement in local politics are squaring off in the mayor’s race this fall. Here's our in-depth report on the candidates.

Friends of one of the suspects in a string of early-morning fires Sunday are expressing disbelief he was involved in starting them.

Police announced Monday that they had arrested Stephen Michael Petersen, 27, of Alameda and Andrew Resto Gutierrez, 22, in connection with seven fires set at homes and businesses early Sunday, which caused an estimated $3 million in damage. No one was injured as a result of the fires.

The pair were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday and were being held in Santa Rita Jail in lieu of bail.

The Encinal High School varsity football team will forfeit this Friday's Island Bowl following a bench-clearing incident at a game last Friday, the district's spokeswoman confirmed Monday.

Alamedans rubbed shoulders with city leaders and representatives from a quartet of development teams Monday at an open house designed to give the public a better idea of who may be shaping the future of the former Naval Air Station.

A legislative staffer who has served on several local committees and a pair of city councilmen – one incumbent and one former – are vying for two open City Council seats this fall.